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The Mount Review

This 1902 mansion with myriad classical influences was the summer home of novelist Edith Wharton. The 42-room house and 3 acres of formal gardens were designed by Wharton, who is considered by many to have set the standard for 20th-century interior decoration. In designing The Mount, she followed the principles set forth in her book The Decoration of Houses (1897), creating a calm and well-ordered home. Nearly $15 million has been spent to date on an ongoing restoration project that recently restored the third-floor bedroom suite. Summer programs includes free concerts on the terrace. Take one of the guided tours, or schedule a private "ghost tour" after hours.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, MA 01240 | Map It
  • Phone: 413/551–5111; 888/637–1902
  • Cost: $18
  • Hours: Grounds: dawn to dusk daily. House: May–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov. and Dec., weekends 10–5
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  • Location: Lenox
Updated: 12-23-2013

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